SPL's boys from Brazil

Emerson spent one season at Rangers
Will we be seeing more Brazilians turn out in the blue of Rangers?

Rangers' director of football Gordon Smith is currently in Brazil, as part of a Scottish trade delegation, negotiating a possible link up with Corinthians.

So could we see a few Samba stars strutting their stuff at Ibrox in the near future?

Very few Brazilians have made the move to Scotland's top flight and it is fair to say that they have not made much of an impact.

How many of these players do you remember?


In November 1998 Dunfermline captured the 31-year-old forward on a three-month loan from Bradford.

He had been something of a cult figure at Valley Parade but failed to sparkle in Fife, scoring just one goal in nine appearances.


Rafael Scheidt
Scheidt was a costly mistake for Celtic

Signed for Celtic by the John Barnes/Kenny Dalglish management for £5m in December 1999, the central defender is widely regarded as one of the worst pieces of transfer business ever done in Scotland.

Struck down by appendicitis soon after his arrival in Glasgow, he recovered to make just three appearances for Celtic before making a retreat to his homeland.

A proposed return to Celtic after a loan with Corinthians fizzled out in 2002, with the player's work permit having expired.


The midfielder arrived at Rangers in the summer of 2003 with an impressive pedigree, having turned out for Deportivo La Coruna, Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid.

Ibrox boss Alex McLeish saw him as a direct replacement for Barry Ferguson, who had been sold to Blackburn Rovers, and the club negotiated a pay-as-you-play deal, while Celtic had also been after him but baulked at his wage demands.

Emerson started solidly but had disappeared from the first-team picture by February and was duly offloaded at the end of the season.


The striker made a handful of appearances for Jim Duffy's Dundee in 2004/05, having moved to Dens Park from Apollon Kalamarias in Greece.

The nearest he came to finding the net was a long-range shot against Celtic that missed the target by 20 yards or so.


Celtic fans were excited by the arrival of the former Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid playmaker in August 2004 but the World Cup winner failed to hold down a regular place in Martin O'Neill's side.

He took the number seven shirt previously worn by Henrik Larsson but scored only once in seven unhappy months in Glasgow and returned to Brazil to join Palmeiras.


Samuel Almeida Camazzola
Camazzola was signed on the insistence of Vladimir Romanov

The midfielder arrived at Hearts on a year-long loan from Brazilian outfit Juventude in the summer of 2005.

However, the deal was arranged by Tynecastle owner Vladimir Romanov, rather than manager George Burley.

With Hearts top of the Scottish Premier League after 11 unbeaten matches, Burley walked away unhappy with Romanov's meddling in team matters.

Camazzola was a neat, holding player but managed just eight games for the men in maroon before spells in France and Norway.

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